Long Devotional for Women:
GOD IN EVERYTHING -
BY MRS. CHARLES COWMAN
"It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good". -1 Sam. 3:18
See God in everything, and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!" It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged; but if Christ, as Lord and Master of our life, is brought into our grief and gloom, "HE will compass us about with songs of deliverance." To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath, taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes toward us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessings they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts.--H. W. Smith.
"Give me a new idea," I said,
While musing on a sleepless bed;
"A new idea that'll bring to earth
A balm for souls of priceless worth;
That'll give men thoughts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That'll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they've fought."
The new thought came, just how, I'll tell:
'Twas when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from HIM who knows full well
The way our sorrow to expel.
SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,
And give HIM praise whate'er befall,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
See God, and overcome thy foe.
I saw HIM in the morning light,
HE made the day shine clear and bright;
I saw HIM in the noontide hour,
And gained from HIM refreshing shower.
At eventide, when worn and sad,
HE gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on tossing bed
My weary soul to sleep HE led.
I saw HIM when great losses came,
And found HE loved me just the same.
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found HE lightened every care.
By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,
HE calmed my mind and gave me rest.
HE'S filled my heart with gladsome praise
Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.
'Twas new to me, yet old to some,
This thought that to me has become
A revelation of the way
We all should live throughout the day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We'll walk by faith and not by sight.
Life will, indeed, a blessing bring,
If we SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING."
--A. E. Finn
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Long Devotional for Men:
One Day at a Time -
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own. —Matthew 6:34
It has been said that there are two days that people worry most
about but should actually worry least about: Yesterday and Tomorrow.
We worry about yesterday – the
mistakes we’ve made and what we would have done differently. Yet, there is
nothing we can do to change yesterday.
Our worries are wasted. We also worry about
tomorrow – the problems it may bring
and the challenges we may face. Yet, we cannot control tomorrow. It is out of our grasp. So again, our worries are wasted.
When we do not waste our worries on yesterday or tomorrow, it
frees us to live in the present – today.
Today, we are able to make decisions about our life. Today, we can set our course, set off in a direction or alter our
course, if necessary. Sure, we will still make our share of mistakes. And, we
will still have worries. Each day brings enough to be concerned about. Still,
seldom are life’s concerns unbearable today.
Our worries become unbearable when we add the wasted worries of yesterday and tomorrow.
Jesus instructs us to live one day at a time. He knew that so much
of what we worry about is out of our control. He wanted us to understand that
God gives us today. And, as we live
our lives seeking Him, we are in a safe place. Jesus promises that our heavenly
Father will provide us with everything we need.
When I’m tempted to worry about any of life’s concerns, I find
that it helps to remind myself of the many times I’ve given in to worry – and
how things never came to pass as I had feared – which is actually the vast
majority of the time!
Do your best to live today
– just one day at a time! And, when you find yourself tempted to worry, remind
yourself of Jesus’ words, “Your heavenly
Father knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day
if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” (Matthew
1. What do you find yourself worrying about more, yesterday or tomorrow?
2. How can Jesus’ words about living a life of seeking God and
living one day at a time help you in your struggle about worry?
Psalm 118:24; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6
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